From the Smoky Mountains to Tanzania: Rural Retreats Worthy of a Detour

There’s a town in Virginia called Rural Retreat, just off the old Lee Highway in Wythe County. The population: 1,500, give or take. As a concept, getting away from it all has broader appeal. This fall, Canyon Ranch — a pioneer in wellness long before it was a marketing bonanza — will open a dedicated […]

The New Long Weekend

For most people, long weekends usually run from Friday to Sunday, a surge that often means higher travel costs. But what if we tinkered with the timing to reset the weekend as Saturday to Monday? Would we save money? Depending on where you go and stay, the answer is yes, from somewhat to substantially. The […]

Turkey: Hundreds arrested in crackdown on critics of military offensive in Syria

Hundreds of people have been detained in Turkey for commenting or reporting on Turkey’s recent military offensive in northeast Syria and are facing absurd criminal charges as the government intensifies its crackdown on critical voices, said Amnesty International in a report published today. As the tanks rolled across the Syrian border, the government took the […]

ISIS Names New Leader and Confirms al-Baghdadi’s Death

Days after the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his heir apparent were killed in back-to-back attacks by United States forces in northern Syria, the group broke its silence on Thursday to confirm their deaths, announce a new leader and warn America: “Do not be happy.” In an audio recording uploaded on the Telegram […]

Haiti: Amnesty International verifies evidence of excessive use of force against protesters

Authorities in Haiti must end the unlawful use of force against protesters and guarantee their right to life, Amnesty International said today, after verifying multiple instances of police using excessive force during six weeks of anti-government protests in which at least 35 people were killed, with national police implicated in many of the deaths.  “The images that we have verified […]

Israel/ OPT: Amnesty staff member faces punitive travel ban for human rights work

The Israeli authorities’ decision to prevent an Amnesty International staff member from travelling abroad for “security reasons”, apparently as a punitive measure against the organization’s human rights work, is another chilling indication of Israel’s growing intolerance of critical voices, Amnesty International said today. Laith Abu Zeyad, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories […]